Martin, Dugan & Martin

Martin, Dugan & Martin

Innovative Law Firm Practicing Law Since 1970

Firm Overview

Experienced And Reliable Southeastern New Mexico Attorneys
The Martin, Dugan & Martin Law Firm has experience and expertise in a wide variety of legal matters. It has been representing the legal interests of business and regular people just like you for over 40 years. With honesty and hard work, they represent individuals, families and business in Southeastern New Mexico in a variety of legal matters ranging from litigation to estate planning and probate. The Martin, Dugan & Martin Law Firm has experience and expertise in the following areas:
-State and Federal Court Litigation
-Personal Injury
-Medical Malpractice
-Education Law
-Labor and Employment
-Water Law
-Real Estate and Property Law
-Estate Planning
-Wills and Trusts
-Probate and Intestate Proceedings
-Insurance Disputes
-Guardianship and Conservator Proceedings
-DUI/DWI Offenses
-Family Law
-Child Custody
-Spousal Support
-Child Support
-Business Law
-Criminal Law
-Corporate and Commercial Law
-Business Planning
-Mediation Services

Personalized Attention To Your Legal Needs For More Than 40 Years
The Martin, Dugan & Martin Law Firm strives to collaborate with individuals and businesses to help them conquer the most critical legal challenges and achieve specific goals. Its attorneys provide quality legal services and personalized attention. Martin, Dugan and Martin strives to keep its clients informed about the case or legal matter, and its attorneys will work with clients to develop a powerful strategy for achieving a positive outcome for whatever legal issue is presented.

Contact The Law Firm With Broad Legal Knowledge And Experience
The attorneys at Martin, Dugan & Martin Law Firm have broad legal knowledge and experiences. They also believe everyone should have equal access to the civil justice system regardless of personal or economic situations. For that reason, Martin, Dugan and Martin offers a variety of fee arrangements including free initial consultations in certain cases. Call Martin, Dugan & Martin at 575.887.3528 or contact the firm online to put its 40 plus years of experience and expertise to work for you.

Main Office

Main Office
509 West Pierce Street
Carlsbad NM 88221



Personal Injury

Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice

A Different Type Of Law Firm
The Martin, Dugan and Martin Law Firm represents both plaintiffs and defendants in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. This experience on both sides of litigation plaintiff and defense means Martin, Dugan and Martin is well prepared to investigate, evaluate, and pursue it client's best interest whether the client is an insurance company representative, business owner, or victim of someone's negligence or other wrongful conduct.

Selective Case Management That Gets Results For Victims Of Wrongful Conduct
The attorneys at Martin, Dugan and Martin are very selective in the types of personal injury cases in which they represent victims of wrongful conduct. Unlike most personal injury law firms, its attorneys are not interested in handling a large number of personal injury cases and for good reason. When it comes to representing victims of wrongful conduct, it is critical that you work one-on-one with an attorney and form a relationship with him or her. Firms handling a high volume of personal injury cases often struggle to provide the attention victims of wrongful conduct deserve. These firms may also struggle to engage in the meticulous investigation and preparation process necessary for proper presentation of your claims. By limiting the number of cases it handles, the attorneys at Martin, Dugan and Martin are able to provide victims with the individual attention deserved. They are also able to prepare your case carefully and with your best interests in mind.

Results - And Why The Firm Elects Not To Post Them
The attorneys at Martin, Dugan and Martin have recovered millions of dollars for victims of wrongful conduct in a wide variety of cases. They have also successfully defended individuals and businesses wrongfully accused of causing injuries and deaths. Unlike many law firms, the Martin, Dugan and Martin Law firm elects not to post the results of its cases in advertisements or on its website. The attorneys at Martin, Dugan and Martin are interested in their clients and their client's cases. They are not interested in using their client's cases in marketing to the masses. In the event you consult with an attorney at the Martin, Dugan and Martin Law Firm you are encouraged to ask them about their experiences and results in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in these areas. They will be happy to provide you with this information, but will not disclose the identities of individuals or other confidential information.

Representing Plaintiffs And Defendants In The Following Areas:
-Medical Malpractice
-Wrongful Death
-Construction Site Accidents
-Failure To Diagnose
-Cases Involving Intentional Harm
-Personal Injury
-Vehicular Accidents
-Workplace Accidents
-Premise Liability
-Property Damage

Lane Martin

Martin, Dugan & Martin

Lane grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico. After graduating from Carlsbad High School Lane attended McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. After graduating from McMurry Lane attended The University of Tulsa College of Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While attending the University of Tulsa he was member of Phi Delta Phi and the University of Tulsa Energy Law Journal for two years. Lane graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2003 and returned to Carlsbad.

Lane represents individuals and businesses in a wide variety of matters. Lane is experienced and has expertise in labor and employment matters, contract disputes, education law, personal injury plaintiff and defense work, guardianship and conservator proceedings, estate planning, and appeals. Lane is also very successful in representing clients in divorce, child custody, and other family law matters. In recent years his family law practice has grown to be one of the most successful in the area. He was named as one of the top ten attorneys under the age of forty in the area of Family Law by the National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys. Lane's family law practice is unique because it includes experience and expertise with representing families seeking to adopt a child. Lane is extremely familiar with the adoption process, both personally and professionally, and is frequently called upon to give advice to potential adoptive parents.

In his spare time Lane enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and golfing. Lane and his wife, Brittany, have three children. He is a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Practice areas
-Family Law
-Education Law
-Civil and Appellate Litigation
-Labor and Employment
-Personal Injury
-Estate Planning
-Guardian and Conservator Proceedings
-Divorce and Child Custody Mediation
-Divorce and Child Custody Arbitration

-U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
-New Mexico State Courts

-University of Tulsa, J.D., 2003
-McMurry University, B.A., 1999

Associations and memberships
-Eddy County and American Bar Associations
-First United Methodist Church, Carlsbad, New Mexico
-Council of School Attorneys (COSA)

Representative cases
-Akins v. United Steel Workers of America, AFL-CIO, CLC Local 187, 2010-NMSC-31, 148 N.M. 442, 237 P.3d 744 (2010)
-Intl. Assoc. of Firefighters v. City of Carlsbad, 2009-NMCA-097, 147 N.M. 6, 216 P.3d 256
-Akins v. United Steelworkers of America, AFL-CIO, CLC Local 187, 2009-NMCA-051, 146 N.M. 237, 208 >3d 457
-Rapid Temps, Inc. v. Lamon, 2008-NMCA-122, 144 N.M. 804, 192 P.3d 799
-Baldonado v. El Paso Natural Gas Company, 2008-NMSC-005, 143 N.M. 288, 176 P.3d 277
-Baldonado v. El Paso Natural Gas Company, 2008-NMCA-010, 143 N.M. 297, 176 P.3d 286

Biographical details
-Leadership New Mexico Connect Program Curriculum Committee Member 2013-present
-Leadership New Mexico Connect Program Graduate 2012-2013
-New Mexico Domestic Relations Rules Committee 2012
-City of Carlsbad Mayor's Ordinance Committee, 2010--present
-Eddy County Juvenile Special Master, 2009--present
-Board of Directors Southeastern New Mexico Big Brothers Big Sisters, 2011-2013.
-Staff/Parish Relations Committee First United Methodist Church, 2011-2013.
-Pecos River Valley Emmaus Community
-Kiwanis Club of Carlsbad
-Fifth Judicial District Judicial Selection Committees
-Executive Editor, University of Tulsa Energy Law Journal, 2002 2003
-University of Tulsa Energy Law Journal, 2001 2002
-Phi Delta Phi


University of Tulsa
Juris Doctorate,

W.T. Martin

Martin, Dugan & Martin

W.T. Martin has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas
-Labor and Employment
-Education Law
-Business Law
-Natural Resources
-Mine Safety
-Water Law
-Employee Benefits
-ERISA Litigation
-Municipal Law
-Personal Injury
-Commercial Law
-Agricultural Law
-Trials and Appeals
-Estate Planning
-Trusts and Estates
-Trust Administration

-Texas, 1970
-New Mexico, U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1971
-U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1976
-U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1982
-U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1994

-Texas Tech University, J.D., 1970
-Southern Methodist University and West Texas State University, B.S., 1967

Associations and memberships
-Eddy County and American Bar Associations
-State Bar of New Mexico
-State Bar of Texas
-Council of School Attorneys (COSA)

Special agencies
-New Mexico State Engineer (Water Rights)
-DOL (Wage & Hour Division)

Biographical details
-Phi Alpha Delta
-Board of Directors, Carlsbad Department of Development


Texas Tech University
Juris Doctorate,

Kenneth D. Dugan

Martin, Dugan & Martin

Practice areas
-Commercial Litigation
-Medical Malpractice
-Personal Injury Litigation

-Texas, 1991
-New Mexico, 2005
-U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of -Texas and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

-University of Texas, J.D., with high honors, 1991
-Western Illinois University, B.B., summa cum laude, 1988

Associations and memberships
-Dallas Bar Association

Biographical details
-Chancellor at Large
-Member, Texas Law Review


University of Texas
Juris Doctorate,

Mark R. Horton

Martin, Dugan & Martin

In addition to civil and family law experience, Mark has over 14 years experience in criminal defense, representing clients with charges ranging from misdemeanor traffic offenses to capital murder and other serious felonies. Mark was Managing Attorney at the Carlsbad Public Defender for five yearsuntil June 2012serving the community of Eddy County in the courts of Artesia and Carlsbad. He came to Carlsbad in 2007 for a death penalty trial, having worked in the Public Defender's statewide Capital Crimes Unit since 2003. He worked in the Albuquerque Felony Unit from 2000 to 2003. He first went to work as a full time Assistant Public Defender in the Ninth District (Clovis/Portales) office, from 1997-2000, and prior to that worked as a contract attorney handling juvenile cases in Albuquerque. After graduating law school in 1995, he opened his own practice in Albuquerque handling wills, family law and civil matters, and continued that practice in association with a law firm in Santa Fe until beginning criminal defense work for the New Mexico Public Defender Department.

Mark grew up in Albuquerque's South Valley, joined the Marine Corps at age 17, where he was served in California, Okinawa, The Philippines, North Carolina, and on two Mediterranean assignments. He went on to earn his bachelor's and graduate degrees in Albuquerque, Washington, D.C. , and College Park, Maryland. He worked as support staff for various law offices and in other jobs throughout the time he attended school, and went on to earn his J.D. at the University of New Mexico, School of Law in 1995.

Mark and his wife Linda and their two children are involved members of St. Edward Catholic Church in Carlsbad since 2007. Mark is a member of the Knights of Columbus in Carlsbad. Mark's son is an engineer residing in Oregon and working in Ireland. Mark is committed to our community's future, and to working with the law firm of Martin, Dugan and Martin, to serve the legal needs of the people of Southeastern New Mexico with confidence, creativity, and professionalism.


- New Mexico, 1995


- University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., 1995
- University of Maryland, M.A., 1992
- Catholic University of America, M.A., 1988
- University of New Mexico, B.A., 1982

Associations and Memberships

- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Biographical Details

- Carlsbad Public Defender (serving Artesia and Carlsbad), Managing Attorney, 2007 2012
- 2011-2012, Instructor, Citizen Police Academy, "The Role of the Defense and Public Defenders in the American Justice System," sponsored by Carlsbad Police Department
- Knights of Columbus, Blessed Trinity Council, since 2007
- 14 years service with the Public Defender, representing clients throughout New Mexico
- NCDC (National Criminal Defense College), Macon, Georgia, 2000
- Staff Member, New Mexico Law Review, 1994-95
- Administrator, NITA (National Institute for Trial Advocacy) program UNM Law School, 1994
- Administrator, Caesarea Maritima (Kibbutz Sdot Yam), Israelarchaeological dig, 1989
- United States Marine Corps, 1974-1978, Honorable Discharge


University of New Mexico School of Law
Juris Doctorate,

Sheila L. Jones

Martin, Dugan & Martin

Sheila L. Jones was born and raised in Artesia, NM before graduating from New Mexico State University in 2008 with a BA in Criminal Justice and a BA in Government. Ms. Jones attended the University of New Mexico School of Law and graduated in 2011 with her Juris Doctorate degree. She relocated back to southeast New Mexico with her young children prior to being accepted into the NM Bar Association in 2012. Ms. Jones began her career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Fifth Judicial District Attorney's Office. As an assistant district attorney she prosecuted both misdemeanor and felony cases and conducted numerous jury and non-jury trials. Ms. Jones volunteered her time to serve as a judge for the Eddy County Teen Court program and served as a member on the Coordinated Community Response Team to Domestic Violence while employed with the District Attorney's office. Ms. Jones has recently moved into private practice as an attorney with the Martin, Dugan and Martin law firm where she handles both criminal and civil matters.